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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
605 Reviews
3.6
605 Reviews
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Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule (in 61 reviews)

  • work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • The trade off of having a great work life balance is that promotions come at a slower pace (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of time and money spent on developing work processes that people don't follow (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    It was an awesome place to work at. Very friendly

    Cons

    None really besides the cafeteria there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Architect

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    Former Employee - Architect in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Architect in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great freedom
    Only work in your business area, while all the development work is being done by Accenture.
    Lot of work from home

    Cons

    Accenture folks doesn't cooperate much beyond certain point.
    Old time management style.
    Very very distributed man power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build more local teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing! Great people, great pay and great exposure!

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Open minded leadership
    Nice people
    Great pay
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Chemical Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great experience being a part of the team to work on a specific project related to my studies. Environment was great and I look forward to getting a full time position in the near future. Fast paced, detail oriented work

    Cons

    Experience did not lead to further opportunities in the company, no benefits moving forward. It was very hard to balance being an intern and returning to schooling but had to choose finishing school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More advice for learning interns would be great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great pay with solid benefits (bonus, 401k, ESPP, deferred shares, vacation, etc)
    - Great place to learn, often working with global teams in Europe and Latin America
    - Its employees
    - Humble, friendly and collaborative culture
    - You will be given lots of responsibilities on day 1
    - Midland: low cost of living, good schools, very safe, no traffic

    Cons

    - Midland: 5+ months of very cold weather, lack of good restaurants
    - Working from home is not an option, even after a snow storm
    - Internal politics probably similar to other Fortune 500 companies
    - Mistakes (not even minor) are not tolerated
    - In order to achieve annual EBITDA goals, leadership seems to focus too much on not spending. This hits morale once it is enforced every year. Year-end bonuses are very good, but you hear "no spending" on a constant basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    very good benefit, regular work hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    great pay and benefit, great work environment

    Cons

    too many safety training, not much room for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    1 of the best chemical coompanies

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    flexible hours
    challenging work
    freedom to try new things
    encourage risk taking

    Cons

    typical big companies' cons... nothing special

  9.  

    Good Company with Focus on Safety

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focus on Safety! Great workforce. Good Benefits (401K, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Medical, Dental, etc) & Work/Life Balance. Great opportunities in a variety of businesses & products throughout the world.

    Cons

    Base salary is lower than most competitors in the Northern California area. Little chance for upward movement at the small to medium sized sites. Few employees are fast tracked through management & even fewer to director levels, without a clear explanation of who is chosen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better breakdown of company strategy as well as business strategies. Clear definition of business goals, how the company plans to achieve them & how that affects the average employee along with their role. Outline expectations related to employee development including promotions, job opportunities, management roles, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company. Needs to fix a few things.

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    Current Employee - Operations in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Safety is always first. Great benefits. You have the ability to move into a salary role so great advancement. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Top out pay is about 3-5 dollars lower than competitor pay. But still a good living. Top out at 34.50 and 36.50 as board operator.
    Distribution operators start 18.50 top at 24.65 unless you get a tier 4 spot it's at 27.65. No vision plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the distribution operators a chance to move to process operations. Show them loyalty as they showed you loyalty by staying with the company. You give a kid a job out of process technology school because they showed the commitment to finish the school. How about rewarding the distribution operator with that job cause they showed you commitment and loyalty. They could have put dow on the resume and got another job. So wake up!! You spend a lot of money on training this individual the other company that hires them laughs at you for spending all that money on training that individual for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Office Administration in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Office Administration in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Team culture, great people, awesome benefits

    Cons

    Leadership changes often due to opportunity advancements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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